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July 19, 2011

After years of looming power shortages, Ontario faces a periodic problem of excess electricity supply. This costly oversupply, which the province must take under fixed-price contracts with generators, leads to higher electricity bills for consumers. In “Plugging into Savings: A New Incentive-Based Market Can Address Ontario’s Power-Surplus Problem,” authors Benjamin Dachis and Donald N. Dewees recommend a solution: a new market mechanism that would facilitate payments to generators, who operate under fixed-price contracts, to reduce output when doing so would save money for the system as a whole.


Benjamin Dachis
Benjamin Dachis, Associate Director, Research, Policy Expert

Benjamin Dachis is Associate Director, Research at the C.D. Howe Institute. He started with the C.D. Howe Institute in 2006 as a Research Fellow and also has experience with a major U.S. think tank. He returned to the C.D. Howe Institute as a Policy Analyst in January of 2008, and became a Senior Policy Analyst in 2011 and Associate Director, Research in 2016.

Donald N. Dewees
Donald Dewees, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Law, University of Toronto, Research Fellows

Donald Dewees holds an engineering degree from Swarthmore College, an LLB from Harvard and a PhD in Economics from Harvard.